Qtel and QSTP create mobile innovation hub
Qatar's incumbent telco hopes innovation hub will help lead to the creation of new mobile services for its customers.
Qtel and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) have entered a long term collaboration agreement to create an innovation hub for the mobile sector in the Middle East and North Africa.
The agreement will combine Qtel's telecoms experience from its 17 markets in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia with QSTP's premises, laboratories and close ties with universities and businesses.
The two organisations said the partnership is intended to "create a bigger mobile industry for the region" and help companies such as mobile application providers to establish links with their peers in the region and beyond.
The tie up also aims to develop mobile services in sectors including healthcare, education and banking, and to attract investment to Qatar.
Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO, Qtel, said the initiative would help give Qtel "first hand access" to customer insights gained from the testing of new applications, which could then be developed into new services for customers.
"New services that involve real-time mobile localisation are now being introduced in other regions, and we believe that the Qtel Group and QSTP can provide an excellent innovative environment to try out ideas in this and many other areas," he said.
"A key strategy of our 2020 vision is to grow the mobile market in the region and help drive demand by bringing more exciting mobile services to our customers."
Qtel is Qatar's incumbent telecom operator, and is present in 16 other countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. QSTP was founded by Qatar's Emir as part of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to help develop a knowledge-based economy in Qatar.